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The 10: SkyRide Buffalo, Nickel City Con, Bases Merlot-ed

1) SkyRide Buffalo, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21, departs from LaSalle Park. Cost is $30 for adults, $20 for youth ages 14-20, $25 for GObike Buffalo members and $100 for VIP passes; all ticket info can be found here. Late registration is $40.

Commentary: The annual SkyRide celebrates sustainable transportation, Buffalo's flourishing bike culture and affords participants one of the best views of the waterfront. It must be kind of hard not to topple off your bike, frankly, because I can barely drive straight on the Skyway. Find details like the various routes and arrival times here.

Following the ride, the festival at LaSalle Park includes fat bike demos with Campus Wheel Works, bike building instruction from Nickel City Cycles and a ride with Reddy Bikeshare. Acroyoga performances are another perk to the after-race party. Take a look at Smiles from the 2016 SkyRide after-party.


2) Nickel City Con, 3 to 8 p.m. May 19; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 20; 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Admission for one day is $15 and can be purchased here, while a three-day pass runs for $30. Further ticketing options are available.

Commentary: A star-studded cast heads to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center this weekend, and Gusto has covered the celebrities extensively, conducting interviews with William Shatner and Billy Dee Williams.

Former NFL quarterback Joe Montana will appear on Sunday only, and you can see the full list of special guests here. Look back at the 2016 Nickel City Con gallery and the event's Smiles.

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3) Bases Merlot-ed, noon to 3 p.m. May 20 in Coca-Cola Field (One James D. Griffin Plaza); the Bisons play Pawtucket at 1:05 at the same location. Tickets are $29, include a ticket to the game and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Wine and baseball are not a typical combination, but the Bisons blend the two together on Saturday in the center-field tent area. Six wineries are listed as attending, including Bully Hill, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Barefoot, Midgard and more.

"Pawtucket" will become increasingly more enjoyable to say as the event moves along, plus you'll likely get to see the Kung Fu Panda on rehab assignment. Check out The News' Bisons coverage here.


4) Step Out Buffalo's Pierogi Fest, 1 to 4 p.m. May 21 in Buffalo's Outer Harbor (225 Fuhrmann Blvd.). A few hundred tickets are still available, run for $35 general admission or $60 VIP (includes a three-hour private open bar), and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Step Out's inaugural pierogi fest unites 10 creators of the Polish delicacy at the Outer Harbor, where intrigued eaters can munch through offerings from Ru's, K Sisters, Potts Deli, Mess Hall and more. Proceeds from the event benefit Compeer Buffalo, which specializes in one-on-one mentorship.

Who will be the perfect pierogi pinchers? That sentence may not make total sense, but the alliteration absolutely makes up for it. In a place with deep Polish roots like Buffalo, the pierogi competition will be fierce (yet friendly, we hope).

Golden pierogi from Ru's, presented at a Millennial Mixer in February. Ru's will have a presence at Step Out Buffalo's Pierogi Fest. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)


5) "Wicked," 8 p.m. May 19, 2 and 8 p.m. May 20, 1 and 6:30 p.m. May 21 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Tickets run from $39 to $139 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Skip to Shea's for the touring production of "Wicked," which returns to downtown Buffalo after past rave reviews.

The News' Colin Dabkowski tapped into what makes the musical so appealing in this 2014 piece, and he includes the following quote from Dana Jaskier, a Syracuse University student at the time: “What I mainly like about the musical is having two female leads. It’s very rare to have two females be the main leads,” she said. “It’s really about rooting for the underdog, showing that it’s not always the popular girl that gets the guy.”

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6) South Buffalo Walk for Hope, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 in Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo. The event is free to partake in, while an optional $5 donation will be accepted.

Commentary: A 1.5-mile walk begins in Cazenovia Park on Saturday to raise awareness for signs of depression and addiction. Children's activities, a theme basket auction, Zumba and food trucks are among the highlights of the event, which is intended to demonstrate community support for personal struggles.

[PHOTOS: Look back at Smiles from the 2016 South Buffalo Walk for Hope]

Smiles at the 2016 South Buffalo Walk for Hope in Cazenovia Park. (Dan Cappellazzo/Special to The News)


7) Celebration of Susan Tanner, 2 to 6 p.m. May 21 in Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.). Free to attend, although there are charity details here.

Commentary: The News' Jeff Miers penned this powerful remembrance of Tanner, the passionate, energetic local music devotee who worked closely with Ani DiFranco at Babeville and Marty Boratin, her husband, at Mohawk Place, shaping the music scene and regularly welcoming out-of-town bands into her home.

On Sunday in Tanner's old stomping grounds, Boratin will host a relaxed memorial event with a time to remember her impact. A cash bar, Lomo Lomo food truck and live music add depth to the afternoon.

Susan Tanner and Marty Boratin, the "First Couple" of the Buffalo music scene.


8) Indeterminacy Festival, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 19, 7:30 p.m. May 20 in Silo City, Marine A. $10 general admission, upon arrival, and $5 for students (with ID).

Commentary: The inaugural event presented by director Stanzi Vaubel and designer Justina Dziama, which benefited from almost $5,000 raised through an Indiegogo campaign, is a postmodern multimedia gathering in Silo City, replete with performers, workshops and, perhaps most enticing, large inflatable bubbles to add a visual dimension.

Below, Colin Dabkowski makes determinations about the Indeterminacy Festival.

Artists explore the unknown during Indeterminacy Festival


9) Ballin' for a Cause, games begin at 6 p.m. May 19 and run through May 21, in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). You can see schedules for each division here.

Commentary: The annual 5 vs. 5 basketball tournament will rage with youth, women's and men's divisions all weekend in RiverWorks. One major note for this year is a partnership with Medaille College, to which three high school students will earn $7,500 scholarships from the tournament organizers. Eighty teams and roughly 800 participants - from all over the globe - are expected to participate on the hardwood.


10) Mini Maker Faire, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 in Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Cost is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, students and children 2 to 17 years old. Science Museum members get in for free. Pre-sale tickets are available here. Museum admission is included in the cost of the ticket.

Commentary: If you're a creator, love inventing small gadgets or marveling at the resourcefulness of others, the Mini Maker Faire is a solid way to spend a few hours. From technology to science to arts and crafts, artisans of all kinds will gather with their wares.


BONUS: Western New York Flash, FC Buffalo doubleheader, 4 p.m. May 20 at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium (2885 Main St.). Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 for a single game at the gate, or $10 for the doubleheader.

Commentary: It's a big day for local soccer in Buffalo, as the Western New York Flash debut their new United Women's Soccer team at 4 p.m. at All-High, with men's National Premier Soccer League squad FC Buffalo following at 7 in the same venue.

Read a season preview for FC Buffalo here, as well as logistical details of May 20 in the soccer community.





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